How do you throw the perfect bridal shower for the girl who’s been everywhere, seen everything, and oh yeah….already eloped?
Well that is just what my dear friend Meg (from This Mess Is Ours) and I set out to do a couple weeks ago for our friend and partner in party-making, Aida Mollenkamp (from Salt & Wind). Aida is so fabulously sophisticated it was no easy task. We had to find the choicest of locations, put together the most elegant of menus, and of course some sort of fancy cocktail situation. Not to toot my own horn; but I think we nailed it! Let’s take a peek.
Aida is the queen of travel so we wanted to create a menu that reflected her worldly view with flavors from around the globe. Instead of a sit-down lunch, we opted for finger foods offered up buffet style so everyone could not only help themselves but mingle and talk while they nibbled.
Moroccan Passionfruit Minimalist Iced Tea || Salt & Wind
Spring Asparagus and New Potatoes with Harissa Goat Cheese Dip
Gougeres Tea Sandwiches with Moroccan Chicken || Salt & Wind
Gougeres Tea Sandwiches with Mint, Date Paste, and Goat Cheese || Salt & Wind
Gougeres Tea Sandwiches with Spiced Carrots, Tapenade, and Ricotta || Salt & Wind
Avocado Deviled Eggs with Dukkah
Spicy Papaya Lime Shrimp Skewers
Easy Watermelon Canapés || This Mess Is Ours
Individual Pistachio Pavlovas with Strawberries || This Mess Is Ours
THE ULTIMATE CHAMPAGNE BAR
Nothing is more festive than champagne so we needed bubbles….and lots of them. Meg put together a DIY bar with homemade syrups, fruits, and edible flowers to really knock it out of the park.
How to Build the Ultimate Champagne Bar || This Mess Is Ours
Vanilla Bean and Plum Syrup || This Mess Is Ours
Apricot and Orange Blossom Syrup || This Mess Is Ours
SETTING THE SCENE WITH THE HUNTED FOX
We needed to find a space that echoed Aida’s luxurious and colorful flare. The Hunted Fox studio in downtown LA brought our dream to life. With their bright, airy space and rich textiles, our intimate gathering celebrated the bride in style. Their handmade ottomans, pillows, and linens added unique elements to the party making it feel cozy and charming. If you want to read more about The Hunted Fox check out Meg’s shopping guide!
Meredith Ambruso mimicked the party’s whimsical feel with arrangements of edibles like button chamomile and dill flowers along with roses and olive leaf. A long table runner of flowers, herbs, and fresh fruits from Melissa’s Produce adorned the buffet.
She also created a stunning floral wreath, similar to the individual ones she created for our Italian Polenta Party. The wreath, made of Willow Eucalyptus, Spray Roses, Fern, and Statice, all of which she dried and reshaped and gave to Aida as a keepsake for her front door.
This delightful watercolor menu filled with elements from the buffet was created by artist Jessica Weymouth.
SHOWER GIFTS….AND A SURPRISE
To be completely honest, I’m a little bit jealous of Aida’s fabulous bridal shower gifts. She received one of the brand spanking new, recently released miniature Kitchen Aid Mixers, a beautiful selection of cookbooks, and a handmade Hunted Fox pillow which are all wonderful presents to start a new home. Not to mention a gorgeous 5 1/2 quart Le Creuset Dutch Oven, a hand-painted card, and an artisan foods gift basket from Melissa’s Produce.
Now for the truly exciting part: I might not be able to have these gifts but guess what? YOU CAN!! As part of our bridal shower celebration we wanted you to be part of the fun too! Whether you need gifts for an upcoming wedding or want to keep them for yourself, we are giving away all these gifts to one lucky winner, a prize package valued at over $1000!
FRIENDS WHO FETE
If you know anything about me, you know I love to get together with friends and family and celebrate for any reason…or no reason at all. That’s why every few months I join forces with Salt & Wind and This Mess Is Ours to throw a party and give you all the details so you can too! We call it Friends Who Fete and you can find all our fiestas here!
Many thanks to Salt & Wind and This Mess Is Ours for all the gorgeous photography and Melissa’s Produce for the beautiful fruits and vegetables.
And a big thank you to our giveaway sponsors: Le Creuset, Kitchen Aid, Melissa’s Produce, The Hunted Fox, and Jessica Weymouth.
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